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Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then also render our school football picks.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real football, in which the matches rely and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet this is a huge moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he composed to the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)

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